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Navigating across a cultural divide

RelationshipFilter: Hints requested on communicating across nuances of different cultures without constantly worrying about hurt feelings, treading on eggshells and overwhelming fears and doubts. [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

What's the etiquette for ending a short-term relationship?

What is the decent method for calling things off with a woman after a month of dating, sleeping together, but never defining the relationship? In person? Over the phone? Via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by lamprey on May 23, 2010 - 54 answers

Jury deliberation on demand

Jury deliberation was utterly exhilarating. Help me find more situations like this. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 7, 2010 - 25 answers

Your mother is wonderful. Can she come over again this week?

Developing new dialogue strategies in a relationship. Established, late 30s couple seeking hive mind advice on changing the way we speak to each other on important subjects. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Apr 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Inercultural Communication Class

I need some help putting together a brief presentation/ class on intercultural business communication, specifically between the US and India. What good online resources are there? (unfortunately I don't have time to order & read a book.) [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Apr 27, 2010 - 8 answers

I love you...maybe...

I want to say "I love you", but I'm not sure if it's just force of habit. "I'm a special snowflake" and mild NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Technically writing

I am intereted in learning more about the discipline(s) of Technical Writing/Communication. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Apr 8, 2010 - 7 answers

On the rattling of cages...

How to write a professional, polite, and effective reminder email? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Apr 5, 2010 - 19 answers

The Unspoken Rules of Texting (if there are any)

Online dating filter: My friends & family seem to have unspoken texting rules. I'm concerned about the amount of time I've invested in a person I haven't met yet, and I want to know what other people consider the texting rules in this situation. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Besides therapy, would a life coach help?

i grew up in a home where asking an innocent question such as, "why" resulted in verbal or physical abuse ("why are you so stupid", "don't ask why", and if I did, a hand or a fist would come at me). no surprise that i've also come to realize that I am SO much more insecure than I thought I was. now that I look back, I see that i've never asked the right questions at work, with doctors, or anything like that. My brain would shut down and I would just nod and agree to what I was being told only to think about what happened much later and realize that I should have asked this or that or responded in a certain way. My thought/response patterns have been pretty consistent throughout my life (sad, I know, as I'm nearing 40) and I desperately want to work on communicating better. I struggle to figure out how to say things "nicely" or in a way that's effective as opposed to what often times is more harsh/rude/ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 15 answers

How slow is my voice computer?

geek alert! If two humans were to speak to each other using only 1's and 0's, is it possible to determine a baud rate? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Daaaang.

What slang words have gone out of date within the past 10 years or so? [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 7, 2010 - 82 answers

My girlfriend contacts her ex every day

My girlfriend feels sorry for her ex. He contacts her several times per day, she replies because she feels sorry for him. I am paranoid... should I learn to relax? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 - 56 answers

talking about Big Plans in a relationship

Talking Big Plans in a relationship -- how do I distinguish the excitement of approaching life for two from the prudence to not jump the gun, so to speak? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 2, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the most effective professional (personal) websites for writers you've seen?

What are the most effective professional (personal) websites for writers you've seen? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Mar 1, 2010 - 9 answers

What can we do differently?

How do I correct an intimacy problem in a relationship? The affection is gone, and I'd like to bring it back but I feel guilty because I know he wants more alone time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 - 38 answers

How should I open up to other people?

How much should I share about myself when I'm first getting to know someone, and how should I open up further as the friendship/relationship progresses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I handle my family/personal situation?

Playing Driving Miss Daisy with my mom for the past 4 years, and I'm now 23. It's time for me to move on, but how, when communication is dry? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Feb 22, 2010 - 23 answers

What can I do with a masters in communication?

I am thinking about grad school right now, and I am trying to decide what to go for. Can anyone tell me the sort of jobs that require, or prefer a masters in communication?
posted by helios410 on Feb 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me write letters to my nephew

What's the best way to talk to a four-year-old boy? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Feb 10, 2010 - 37 answers

Isn't this great? I mean doesn't this suck?

Language question: I'm searching for a word or phrase (in English or any language) that describes the act of communicating a positive opportunity/event/thing but then includes qualifiers that downplay the opportunity/event/thing. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Feb 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Keeping in contact while away

I need some suggestions for some nice things to do for my girlfriend while I'm traveling for business (and more generally, how to better keep in touch). [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Academic and business styled conversations

Looking to balance differences between academics and business world communication styles? [more inside]
posted by pmononoke1 on Jan 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How to communicate more clearly?

I apparently don’t sound intelligent when I speak. Is there a way to solve this that doesn’t involve therapy or Toastmasters? Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 23 answers

You can have my eyes or my brain, but not both...

They say you should look people in the eyes when you're talking to them. But I'm unable to think while looking another person in the eyes. This leaves me in a position where either 1) I have to look away while I'm thinking/talking, occasionally glancing at the person - which makes me appear shifty; or 2) I look the person in the eyes and stupid or at least ineloquent things come out of my mouth. Can I solve this? Which is the lesser evil? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Someone else let the cat out of the bag.

My trouble figuring out how to deal with a long-distance romantic interest was just complicated by an overshare by an overzealous "helper." Long-time relationshipfilter listnener, first-time caller. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Jan 11, 2010 - 43 answers

How to get my boyfriend to initiate sex?

Why won't my boyfriend initiate sex? He is willing enough once things get started, but he never starts them. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 30, 2009 - 38 answers

We broke up but we want to be with each other....

How can we fix our communication problem so we can be happy again? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Dec 29, 2009 - 25 answers

If being abused, how do I get them to open up?

Are my nieces and nephews being abused and if so, how do I go about getting them to open up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 31 answers

Help me give better technical support

When did you have a great interaction with technical support, and what did the technician do to make the experience better? In-person encounters preferred, but call-ins also welcomed. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 25, 2009 - 23 answers

Oh, here we go again.

I am an ENFP. He is an ENTP. Our emotional responses while arguing lead to complete exhaustion. M'aidez! [more inside]
posted by opossumnus on Dec 21, 2009 - 27 answers

Prison Correspondence

How can people in the U.S. prison system communicate with the outside world? I understand that this varies depending on the type of prison, and possibly the state, but I have found no information. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Dec 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Teaching an old dog new tricks...that I learned from another dog.

How can I teach my ex what I've learned while we were apart? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Dec 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Ye Olde Interwebs Discussion Board

I need a community board or webblog similar to this one that can accommodate multiple threads and discussions for the non-technologically savvy folks in an organization. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Dec 10, 2009 - 7 answers

"bye guys lol"

How to leave a job gracefully when you can't tell your coworkers in person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Help create more frequent long-distance communication

How can I make it easier for my boyfriend to contact me more often while we are long-distance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2009 - 22 answers

The girl I love bought a house I hate - now what?

We're in love! That's great! She bought a house yesterday with zero input from me whatsoever! That's crappy! What does it mean, and what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Dec 1, 2009 - 57 answers

the language barrier

You're talking to some people about computers when you realize that somehow, they know even less than you do. How do you figure out what they need to hear? How do you phrase it clearly, simply and accurately, but not condescendingly? How do you know when you're screwing that up, and how do you recover? And conversely, when people talk to you about computers, how do you figure out what they mean even when they are using a different set of jargon from what you've learned, or incorrect jargon, or plain don't themselves know what they mean? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Springsteen doesn't have any songs for problems like mine

I've been told by several people that I kiss "like a high schooler," and that this is a bad thing. I'm a straight male in my mid-20s and relatively a n00b, sexually. What are ways for me to become more mature in my physical intimacy? [more inside]
posted by Spock Puppet on Nov 16, 2009 - 30 answers

Doctor, Doctor, allow me to give you the news...

I need help talking to doctors. I never know what to say and don't seem to give the right information. I would like help knowing what kinds of things I should remember to say and how I should say them. [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Nov 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Mushmouth

How did you learn to express your thoughts in a way that is clear and thorough - but concise? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Nov 5, 2009 - 25 answers

Conferences with less synergy?

Please recommend conferences dealing with leadership, management, and the like that aren't buzzword-tastic snoozefests. If they exist. [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Nov 5, 2009 - 3 answers

Socially Awkward

Does anyone know of some good reads on conversation and social skills? I'm not suggesting that you can learn these subjects entirely by a book, but what I'm looking for is some methods to make communication a little bit easier when meeting someone or groups of people. [more inside]
posted by Garden on Oct 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Long-Distance Friendship for Introverts

Introvert Filter: please help me revive a friendship! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Best English-language books on improving one's social and conversational skills

What are the best English-language books in existence on improving one's social and conversational skills? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Oct 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Paralysis by Analysis

Has anyone gone through a period in their life where they've just become too overanalytical and serious? I started therapy a little over a year and a half ago and it has been great. I've gained a lot of additional understanding of myself which has been helpful but at the same time I think it's actually detrimental in other ways. [more inside]
posted by Garden on Oct 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Executive Anthropology

How do you communicate effectively with Executive level people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Six Elephants and a Blind Man

Is there a fable or proverb that expresses the inverse of the blind men and the elephant? [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 7, 2009 - 10 answers

How to pass crash course in roommate communication

How can I ask my roomate to discuss her frustrations with me directly, instead of telling everyone but me? [more inside]
posted by Keysig on Oct 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Long Distance Love Affair

several years ago I met a man and we had a brief relationship. We've maintained a friendship through other relationships. We have both always been honest about our attraction to each other but live a few hours drive away from each other. Recently my circumstances changed and as it happens we are both available. We both are interested in seeing each other and he said he'd be willing to move as an eventuality if things work out. As it stands with our jobs it works out so that technically we could see one another twice a month if we wanted to. I have a few questions for the hive, what are ways people in a long distance relationship can stay close, Has anyone out there had a successful transition after moving in together, and has anyone not tried and regretted it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 - 7 answers

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